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Dr Jim Littlemore

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Life Sciences
Research Supervision:

Jim is an experienced professional ecologist with a diverse background in environmental consultancy, land-based research and University level teaching. He is a Chartered Ecologist and full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (CIEEM).

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Jim is a licensed Chartered Ecologist with a practical background in countryside management and agriculture. He obtained a PhD in Woodland Ecology from the University of Warwick before forging a duality in his career that was divided equally between environmental consultancy and Higher Education teaching and research in the land-based sector. He has over 20 years lecturing and consultancy experience and continues to operate as an external examiner in other Universities.

Prior to joining the School of Life Sciences in 2022, Jim worked as a Principal Ecologist and Environment Manager for Kier Highways, Amey Consulting and SYSTRA focussing on delivering and supplying the evidence base for environmental impact assessments, particularly for highways and rail infrastructure developments.

Research interests
  • Building an evidence base for Ecological Impact Assessments
  • Ecological Survey Techniques for British Mammals
  • Sustainable Land Management
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Recreation EcologyEnhancing Graduate employability skills
Areas of research supervision

Jim has supervised eight successful PhD completions to date on a diverse range of disciplines including the behavioural ecology and habitat preferences of harvest mice upon reintroduction to the wild; habitat and landscape scale effects on macro-moth biodiversity in intensive farmland; social bonds in diary cows; welfare of fostering methods in sheep; equine biomechanics and hydrotherapy; optimising drilling methods in conservation tillage systems for wheat and oil seed rape production; managing recreation in lowland farmed landscapes for biodiversity and the use of novel green manures to control disease in trees.

He has been a PhD examiner on four occasions, including internationally.

  • BSc (hons) Ecology & Conservation
  • BSc (hons) Zoology
  • MSc Applied Wildlife Conservation
  • BSc (hons) Ecology (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • PhD Woodland Ecology (University of Warwick)
  • PGCE (University of Greenwich)
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Chartered Ecologist (CEcol)
  • Member of CIEEM, former CPD tutor and panel member of the Academia Special Interest Group
  • Member of the Agriculture Route Planner committee for the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Qualifications
  • Editorial board member for the Arboricultural Journal
  • Editorial journal reviewer for Restoration Ecology; Forestry; Sustainability; Journal of Environmental Management and Animal Biotelemetry.
  • Former reader reviewer for Nature and occasional reviewer for postdoctoral research proposals for the Research Council for Biosciences and Environment (RCBE) of the Academy of Finland.
  • Volunteer woodland warden for Bush Walk Woods SSSI, Northants.
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange


  • National Highways Environment Designated Funding for ‘KTP self-cleaning ditches project’ with the University of Greenwich.
  • Grant funding secured from the Elizabeth Creak Trust (£60k) for ‘farming the solar farm - development of an agri-business diversification toolkit for UK farmers’ with the University of Northampton.
  • Grant funding for a KTP project on ‘optimising drilling methods in conservation tillage systems for wheat and oil seed rape production’ - Frontier Agronomy (£70k) with Cranfield University.
  • Misc. small ecological grants from Lightsource BP, the Peoples Trust for Endangered Species, the Forestry Commission and Local Authorities.
  • Innovation in Ecological Education Grant awarded by British Ecological Society
  • Six PhD student bursaries from the Thomas Harrison Trust, University of Northampton.


  • Highly Commended in ‘Pride of Kier’ Awards 2021
  • Highly Commended for ‘Community Project’ on CIRIA BIG Biodiversity Challenge, 2019
  • Shortlisted as ‘Biodiversity Champion’ on CIRIA BIG Biodiversity Challenge, 2018
  • Royal Forestry Society Award for outstanding and inspirational teaching of Forestry and Woodland Management
Selected recent publications
Recent presentations and conferences
  • Howard-Williams, E., McCollin, D., McCormick, W. & Littlemore, J. (2021) The Use of a Conservation Detection Dog for Establishing Micromys minutus (harvest mouse) Presence. [Conference Presentation]. Mammal Society 66th Spring Conference, University of Cambridge.
  • Littlemore, J., Willshaw, W, Wilson, G. & Carline, R. (2021) 'Raft but not Least' – an Innovative Ecological Surveying Method for Detecting Water Voles. [Poster]. Mammal Society 66th Spring Conference, University of Cambridge.
  • Littlemore, J., Ward, S. & Brewin, L. (2020) Ecological Mitigation Approaches in Infrastructure Development: embracing a Biophilic Environmental Engineering Philosophy. [ePoster & Lightning Talk]. British Ecological Society Winter Meeting, 14-18 December.
  • Littlemore, J., Wilshaw, W. & Brewin, L. (2018) Wildlife on the verge: evaluating the East Midlands strategic road network for biodiversity. [Poster]. British Ecological Society Winter Meeting, Birmingham.
  • Lock, J.J., Phillips, C., Sharp, R. & Littlemore, J. (2016) Getting to the root of the problem - Replant Disease in a rosaceous tree. Poster submission for SET for Britain, House of Commons.
  • Coulthard, E., McCollin, D. & Littlemore, J. (2014) The benefits of local and landscape-scale factors for macro-moths (Lepidoptera) in intensive farmland landscapes. Poster Submission to Butterfly Conservation Symposium, Southampton University.
  • Coulthard, E., McCollin, D. & Littlemore, J. (2014) Do Moths Use Hedgerows as Corridors? Investigating the Possible Use of Linear Boundary Features by Macro-Moths (Lepidoptera). Poster Submission to Butterfly Conservation Symposium, Southampton University.
Media experience

Extensive commercial media experience in environmental consultancy and research roles including stakeholder liaison, radio/TV interviews and public information events.